Canadian mainstream and funderground metal blog Hellbound.ca responded to MetalSucks‘ The MetalSucks Manifesto by publishing their own “The Wild Beast Manifesto” about how metal should not be neutered according to political correctness despite any single persons chosen political opinions.
Metal shouldn’t be safe. It should be a wild, primal beast. I might not always agree with the content, but I’m glad that metal exists as a format for boundless, extreme expression. I’m inspired by the left-leaning, charged political nature driving a band like Napalm Death. Their music has raged alongside many of my beliefs, many of which seem to be in line with the folks at Metalsucks.
But what if one doesn’t toe the line with Metalsucks’ perspective entirely or with regard to a particular contemporary issue? Is metal about championing a collective position where we all rally around a specific outlook, or is it about individuality? Of course there’s oftentimes a sense of unity revolving around some shared values and experiences. But is everyone required to subscribe to a set of homogenous ideals? Is groupthink metal? I don’t think so. I don’t think that’s very metal at all.